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what color are my runners?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by klf73, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ok, they are possibly mixed color...
    here is what I was told the eggs came from
    The colors I have are blue, black, buff/white and chocolate. When you mix all of those you sometimes get some interesting colors

    I have some fawn/white and they are all still yellow

    so what are my two? ideas? thanks in advance [​IMG]
    thought was blue?

    no idea

  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    The first one looks like a Blue Bibbed.

    The second one almost looks like one of my Anconas ducklings that I hatched this March.
    The one on the right. It won't be a black like my Anconas but it looks like it will be a Blue. (Sorry, the picture isn't really good. [​IMG] )
  3. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Songster

    Jun 9, 2011
    Looks liike a fawn and white but I'm no expert on runners
  4. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Songster

    May 13, 2011
    We need gofasterstripe on here! lol!
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    well they are 100% runner, just not sure color
    these are the fawn/white...
  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Well, the short answer here is that what you've got is Adorable. :p

    But the long answer is that you appear to have a mix between a blue spectrum (blue/black/chocolate) and a runner-patterned duck (fawn/white, buff/white). Of course you sort of knew that already, but the genetics behind that is that you have a base of a black gene (all blue spectrum ducks will have it) and a blue dilution (from any blue spectrum duck except black, but also possible to come from the fawn or buff parent). The runner pattern (inherited from a fawn/white or buff/white parent) tells the other colors to display in alternation with white. In a full-blooded runner pattern duck, the color pattern will be fairly consistent because it has two runner pattern genes to hold that consistent pattern. When you mix colors, however, you end up with only a single runner pattern gene, and it tends to display in quite variable patterns--sometimes more white, sometimes less, and usually quite erratic in positioning, though usually the chest will have at least some white.

    It's almost impossible, based on your color combinations, to know which two parents created those babies. Any combination of one blue spectrum and one runner-patterned duck could turn out those colors.

    But the main thing is that they're gorgeous. I love variably patterned babies, and yours are wonderful. [​IMG]
  7. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

    Jun 7, 2011
    #2 looks like a trout kinda

  8. I find you get a better idea on their colour when you take their photo in the bath tub while they are swimming.

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